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Posted by PeterVRC | Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:02 AM | 2,650 Views
I always wanted an F-18....... so......

With Freewing bringing out an all-new F-18, after discontinuing their earlier version of one, I hummed and harred and then just decided to get one.
But I chose the ARF version so I can use a Jetfan/HET 8S setup in it. The full scale is after-all a FAST and powerful jet and a 6S setup is unlikely to match that.... the full scale being OVER 1:! Thrust to Weight ratio (not armed/loaded of course).
And the F-18 superceded the F-14 Tomcat..... so that is another 'vague' reason to have one.

I think it comes stock as a Stabilator setup - not Tailerons. But I will change it to have full span flaps... no Ailerons... and Tailerons.
I expect the Taileron Pivots will be the typical sloppy, poor tolerance. Freewing design so I will replace those if required - and I am sure they will need that.

I was happy enough with the Blue Angels scheme, rather than the all grey version. It helps it be something more "different" than other camo scheme aircraft.Plus it is a well known 'look'.
I also had (have) the Starmax 70mm F-18 Hornet 64mm jet, from about ten years back(!!)..... and, I still have it stashed in a corner somewhere and it has a 70mm EDF in it now, but it was still somewhat anemic in power, and nothing like the level of scale detail etc that a larger 90mm size can have. More of an "RC Toy"....

The F-18 is probably one of the cheapest of Freewing's 90mm jets - bar the DH-112 Sea Venom - seeing it has somewhat minimal "stuff" in it. Mechanical gear doors, no weapons set (no need on a Blue Angel), and not a complete lighting set.
It is on its way and should arrive in a few more days.....